Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for December 27, 2020; First Sunday after Christmas
Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 111; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10
I love watching Hallmark movies. Especially at this time of year, they are the best because they combine both the delight of Christmas with the joy of falling in love. Although each story’s outline is pretty much the same: boy meets girl, girl meets boy usually in unusual circumstances. They begin falling in love. A miscommunication occurs. One of them plans to leave and go back home because he/she is in a small rural town due to the out-of-the-ordinary circumstance that brought him/her there. In the nick of time the error is discovered. The couple reunites, declare their love for one another, and seals their love with a kiss. There’s always a kiss.
Well, you are the main character of the greatest love story that has ever been written. It is a love story that brings the King of kings and the Lord of lords, into your meager, humble, soiled life. To you it may seem out-of-the-ordinary that such a Holy Majesty would happen upon you- simple, ordinary you, but it’s not. Although he arrives at your doorstep by strange circumstances – a star, a stable, shepherds, angels- his coming is not whimsical or by chance. He comes with you fully on his mind. He comes to you with the deepest of love that you will ever know. He comes to walk with you, to heal you, to take your burdens from you. He comes to die for you. In fact, there is no greater love than his. And he wants you.
“For God so loved [you] that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Yes, this baby that is born is coming to bring you to be his bride, he desperately desires you to give him your heart, to love and trust him, to know without a doubt that his living and dying and raising from the dead is all for you. All because he desires to bring you home with him to his Heavenly Realm with the Father and His Spirit.
In a world where miscommunications occur, where doubts are raised, and where love fades, you have One waiting for you with open arms to enfold you in his perfect love. There is no need to doubt his trustworthiness. There is no need to hide who you truly are for he knows you inside and out. Let go and let the Holy Spirit fill you with the truth that Jesus, the lover of your soul, was born, lived, suffered and died for you. This is your ultimate love story.
A Blessed Christmas to you!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank-you for loving me so much that you would leave your paradise to come to this sinful world to redeem me and call me your own, your bride. I love you! In your name alone I pray. AMEN!